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Photo provided by Jason Welch -- Dutchtown High School 2104 graduate Hira Hasan accepts The Good South's first scholarship.

The Good South, a Southern lifestyle clothing company based in the Jackson, Mississippi, metro area, awarded its first scholarship to Dutchtown High School 2104 graduate Hira Hasan.

“Being recognized for my academic success, as well as my community involvement, leaves me both satisfied and reassured,” Hasan said.

Jason Welch and Steven Nelson, college admissions counselors, opened The Good South at the end of 2013 as an online retailer of bow ties, T-shirts and hats. Seeing the need for college scholarships, Welch and Nelson created a business model that donates a portion of their yearly proceeds to a scholarship fund.

“We come across thousands of students each year, meeting future doctors, lawyers, artists and teachers. While the students we meet are extremely diverse, they all share the same concern: the need for scholarship money,” Nelson said. “After repeatedly hearing this concern, we decided we wanted to do something to help.”

The Good South opened its scholarship application to both current and college-bound students, having well over 600 applicants. “We were looking for well-rounded applicants who excel both inside and outside the classroom,” Welch said. “Hira not only met but exceeded the qualities for which we were looking.”

Hasan, daughter of Azeem and Farhana Hasan, was a honor roll student and served as president of the National Honor Society at Dutchtown High School. She graduated as valedictorian of her senior class, a Louisiana Youth Advisory Council member and was named Ascension Parish Student of the Year.

Hasan plans to study biological engineering at LSU.